Microsoft will begin removing Adobe Flash completely from Windows 10 this summer. The Windows 10 “Adobe Flash Player Removal Update”, which will permanently remove Flash as part of the operating system, will become mandatory from July. An update to Windows 10 version 21H1, which is expected to be rolled out this month, will also remove the software.
The update that removes Adobe Flash is also available for older operating systems such as Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard. Microsoft announced the timeline an update of a blog post.
Microsoft has already removed Flash support from the Microsoft Edge browser with an update that many people have received and installed automatically. Now the Flash Player that comes with Windows is removed. A support page for the update notes that it will not remove a version of Adobe Flash Player manually installed from another source.
The end of Flash’s life has been going on for years. Major browsers dropped support in 2016, and Adobe itself stopped supporting the outdated format at the end of last year. Now that support has ended, the Internet Archive now offers a backup thousands of old Flash games and animations in an effort to preserve an important part of internet history.